Guided tours of Lacock
Simply put, Lacock is steeped in history. The renowned Lacock Abbey was founded over 900 years ago and the village grew up around this focal point.
In its heyday Lacock was a major player in the woollen industry, its proximity to the main route from Bath to London ensured it stayed this way for many years.
Important people came and went but the most influential of all, the Talbot family, owned and continued to live in the Abbey, supporting the village through many social changes and upheavals. They remained totally committed to the fabric of village life right up to the point where Matilda Talbot bequeathed the Lacock estate to the National Trust for lifelong preservation.
There is so much to Lacock that it’s hard to know where to begin but I’ll guide you through the history and the characters who helped make it what it was and still is to this day. The importance of Lacock to the area, reliance on the National Trust and the challenges it faces in todays changing world.
Every house in Lacock is unique. The National trust has the responsibility for the vast majority of the Lacock estate and very houses are in private ownership.
Lacock is predominantly as it was several hundred years ago. Stone and timber framed houses stand side by side. There are no aerials on the houses, no lights on the street and in turn this this makes the village a beacon for film and TV production companies who love to film in Lacock.
The most famous films that have used Lacock in recent times have been JK Rowling’s Harry Potter movies where scenes at his parents’ house were filmed both in the village and the inspirational Abbey Cloisters. The Tithe barn was used to great effect in the 2010 film Wolfman featuring Sir Anthony Hopkins and Benecio del Toro. Pictures of them can be seen in the George Inn on West Street.
The Red Lion Pub and High Street were transformed for the very popular BBC show Cranford Chronicles. In recent times Church Street has proven to be extremely popular and many productions have been hosted including Downton Abbey, Dr Thorne and HBO’s upcoming Young Will about the formative years of William Shakespeare. The most recent production was for the White Princess the sequel to BBC’s hugely popular The White Queen based on Phillipa Gregory’s popular novels.
I’ll show you the locations for these movies, talk about life here as filming goes on and also let you in on the productions that have been made here and are yet to appear on the screen.
Strip away the cars and you’d think you’ve taken a trip in a time machine. The photos above, taken during the making of a recent television production, will show you what Lacock was probably like hundreds of years ago and not much has changed since. People will come and go but the houses and village remain the same.
I can take you into Lacock Abbey (the National Trust entrance fee applies) where I am a volunteer room guide. We can build in lunch or dinner to the Tour, have a drink in one of the pubs which themselves have much by way of fascinating stories of days gone past. The George Inn has many historical artefacts, the dog wheel, medieval stocks and a great host ! The Sign of the Angel is steeped in folklore and serves up exceptional food in a welcoming and cosy atmosphere.
Guided tours can sometimes be a bit dry and factual but I want you to leave Lacock knowing a lot more than when you arrived and with information that people who don’t live here won’t be privy to.
It’s my job to make sure you depart taking with you the memories of what makes Lacock such an enthralling and charming place to visit.